This volume was prepared under the general supervision of the late S. Everett Gleason, Chief of the Foreign Relations Division.
The compilers of the volume were Neal H. Petersen (Multilateral Relations and Indochina), William Z. Slany (Australia and the Philippines), Charles S. Sampson (Burma, Indonesia, and Thailand), John P. Glennon (China), and David W. Mabon (Japan).
The editors acknowledge with appreciation the assistance provided them by the historians of the Department of Defense, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They are also grateful for the cooperation of the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Treasury, and the Central Intelligence Agency, all of which concurred in the declassification of various papers for release herein. Thanks are also due to those foreign governments that kindly granted permission for the publication of certain of their documents in this volume.
The technical editing was done by the Publishing and Reproduction Division, headed by Willard M. McLaughlin. The index was prepared by Francis C. Prescott.
Acting Director, Historical Office
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